Vancouverites are used to waiting for a taxi but it appears the wait for ride hailing is over.

The Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) announced yesterday that it has approved ride hailing companies Uber and Lyft to operate in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Whistler.

“British Columbians have been asking for new ride hailing services since 2012, but the old government failed to get it done. Our government did the hard work and delivered,” Claire Trevena, B.C.’s transportation minister, shared online today.

“Over the last two years, our government has been diligent in developing a framework that puts passenger safety first, and we remained steadfast against pressures to abandon the safety measures we put in place. Road users can now be confident that B.C.’s ride-hailing services will comply with some of the highest safety standards in North America.”

Now, less than 24 hours later, Uber has revealed they are starting service immediately.

Uber will turn their app on Friday, January 24th at 8:00am. Set up an Uber account now and save $5 off your first ride.

 

Last modified: January 27, 2020

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